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October 26, 2012 - 2:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

A cancer benefit for Paul Lamendola will be held at the Batavia Country Club from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Cost is a $10 donation per dinner, which includes pulled pork roast and two sides, plus beverage.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction.

Paul has been fighting colon cancer since March. He has been laid off from work, lost his medical insurance, and has very expensive medical costs for medicine, surgery and equipment. Please come out and support Paul in his journey.

Paul is believing for full healing and recovery during this trying time in his life. We want to take this day and celebrate how far he has come through this already!

Come out and have some fun with us! The country club is located at 7909 Batavia Byron Road.

For presale tickets contact Andrea Agan at (585) 813-6586 or Paul Lamendola at (585) 331-0669 or send check to Paul Lamendola at 7470 Batavia Byron Road, Byron NY 14422.

October 26, 2012 - 2:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, Grand View Cemetery.

The Grand View Cemetery Board of Directors is selling Christmas wreaths either for your door or a grave. This is a fundraiser with the profits going to fund cemetery care.

Wreaths are 22" with red velvet, weatherproof bow, pine cones and holly berries. Wreaths are $20, including an easel stand if desired. Place orders by Nov. 10.

Pickup will be at the cemetery garage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. Orders may be placed by calling 343-0350 or 343-0877.

October 26, 2012 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GO ART.

GO ART! continues its new workshop series “Embracing Innovation: The Business of the Arts” with a presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 14, by Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise.

The approximately two-hour workshop is titled "Fundraising and Development for the Local Organization."

It will begin at 9 a.m. at GO ART!, 201 E. Main St. in Downtown Batavia. Light refreshments will be available.

Peterson will share the knowledge he has gained through his various fundraising and development experiences. He will describe strategies that will be useful for “small-town” organizations and those starting out at the grassroots level.

A certified fund-raising executive (CFRE) since 1992, Peterson has an impressive history of garnering substantial monies at several first-class nonprofit organizations totaling more than $120 million.

This workshop is free for GO ART! members. There is a nominal fee for non-members or organizations wishing to attend: $10/individual or $20/organization (up to three attending).

You may pay over the phone, online, or at the door, but advance reservations are required by calling (585) 343-9313 or email [email protected].

For more information on the workshop series and future workshops in the series, please visit www.GOart.org

October 26, 2012 - 2:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports, soccer.

New York Premiere Soccer is holding "Soccerween 2012" this Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Batavia Sports Park.

Age groups are U7 through U13 and all participating teams are guaranteed three games and all teams compete in Halloween costumes. The best dressed teams for each age will win a prize.

For more information, contact Brian Patterson at [email protected] or 292-0788.

October 26, 2012 - 1:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in politics.

The Oakfield-Alabama High School Senior Class invites the public to a community forum where the political platforms of President Obama and Governor Romney will be examined and explained.

Local, state and regional representatives will be on hand to explain the impact of these platforms on Western New York.

The forum begins at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the school auditorium, located at 7001 Lewiston Road, in Oakfield.

Representatives slated to attend are:

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Republican 61st District

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley, Republican 139th District

Mary Pat Hancock, chairwoman, Genesee County Legislature

Raymond Cianfrini, Genesee County legislator

Richard D. Pastecki, Village of Oakfield mayor

Michael T. Cianfrini, Town of Oakfield supervisor

Daniel Mangino, Town of Alabama supervisor

For questions regarding the event, call 948-5211, ext. 4537.

October 26, 2012 - 1:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama.

A rollover motorcycle accident is reported at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Martin roads.

It's believed there are injuries.

Mercy Flight is on standby.

Alabama Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 1:49 p.m.: The victim is alert and conscious, complaining of back pain.

UPDATE 1:55 p.m.: Mercy Flight 5 will be responding to the scene from Buffalo and will land on Martin Road.

UPDATE 2:13 p.m.: Mercy Flight landed a few minutes ago and is loading the patient, who is described as a man in his 50s. He had no loss of consciousness "but the motorcycle did go end over end."

UPDATE 2:19 p.m.: No more traffic is allowed on Martin Road.

UPDATE 2:26 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne and headed to Erie County Medical Center. Martin Road is reopened.

UPDATE 2:33 p.m.: Alabama is back in service.

October 25, 2012 - 6:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

Sheds, Shacks and Shelter is raffling off a shed at noon on Friday Oct. 26 at the Genesee Farmers Market in the Batavia Downs parking lot. Tickets are $2 each. The money will be donated to a local non-profit.

Tickets can be bought at the farmers market, Movies in Motion, CPR, Benny's Barber Shop and the farmers market. The winner gets $500 cash or the shed, delivered.

October 25, 2012 - 6:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

St. James Episcopal Church presents a special holiday Spooktacular by showing the silent movie classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Charles Bradley will play the organ in concert with the movie.

It starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the church, located at 405 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia.

Tickets are $10 and the money will benefit the bell tower restoration fund.

The 1923 American film released by Universal Pictures is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It centers on the tortured life of Quasimodo, a deformed, deaf and half-blind bell-ringer at the Cathedral of Norte Dame in Paris in the 15th Century.

It is known for its spectacular sets and the performance and makeup artistry of Lon Chaney Sr. He was a well-known actor but his portrayal of Quasimodo made him a star and his grotesque characterization set a new benchmark for film makeup. Patsy Ruth Miller plays the lovely Esmeralda.

Phone 343-6802 for tickets or other information. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

October 25, 2012 - 6:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements.

Batavia-born novelist John Gardner will be celebrated with a night of readings, food and fun on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The John Gardner Society, in conjunction with Genesee Community College, is sponsoring the Halloween-themed celebration at 8 p.m. at the Pok-a-Dot diner at Ellicott and Liberty streets in Batavia.

Gardner, who died in a motorcycle crash near his Pennsylvania home in 1982, was a novelist, poet, critic and teacher, whose best known works include "The Sunlight Dialogues," a novel set in Batavia about brooding police chief Fred Clumly and his pursuit of a magician known as the Sunlight Man, and "Grendel," a retelling of the Beowulf legend from the monster's point of view.

He also penned three influential works on the art of writing: "On Becoming a Novelist," "The Art of Fiction," and "On Moral Fiction." For more information about the celebration, contact Bill Kauffman at (585) 757-2455 or GCC English Professor Charley Boyd at [email protected].

You can also learn more about the writer by visiting the John Gardner Appreciation page on GCC's website: http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/gardner/.

October 25, 2012 - 5:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

Some teenagers reportedly took a gun, a "38 Special," out of a vehicle in the parking lot by the Verizon Store in the Tops plaza, according to a caller to dispatch, and another caller reports that man in a blue truck in the parking lot of Batavia Downs is striking someone and yelling about them taking a weapon out of a vehicle. Law enforcement is trying to sort it out now.

October 25, 2012 - 5:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, accidents.

A two-car accident is reported at the intersection of Tower Hill and Byron roads. There's one minor injury and it is blocking traffic. Byron and South Byron fire departments and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 5:07 p.m.: A responder on scene says "We've got extensive damage and a helluva debris field." One person will need to be extricated.

UPDATE 5:13 p.m.: The location is actually Byron Road, south of Tower Hill Road.

UPDATE 6:01 p.m.: The roadway is reopened.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: South Byron is back in service.

October 24, 2012 - 1:06pm

Volunteers for Animals is collecting scrap metal to raise money for animals at the county shelter.

The collection drive is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 27-28) at the shelter parking lot, 3841 W. Main St. Road, in the Town of Batavia.

They are accepting metal in the form of:

  • Railings
  • Doors
  • Garbage cans
  • File cabinets
  • Bicycle frames
  • Gutters
  • Pipes
  • Poles
  • Fencing
  • Window frames
  • Lawn furniture
  • Tools
  • Shelving
  • Washing machines
  • Dryers
  • Stoves
  • Wheel barrows
  • Wagons, etc.

They CANNOT take: propane tanks, air-conditioners or refrigerators.

The scrap service is being provided by Ed Arnold EAS Scrap Processors in Corfu.

October 22, 2012 - 3:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, republicans.

Press release:

The Genesee County Republican Committee and the Genesee County Women’s Republican Club invite everyone to attend their 56th annual Fall Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Terry Hills Banquet Facility, 5122 Clinton St. Road, Batavia.

Keynote speaker will be Thomas Doherty, a partner of Mercury – an industry leading, high stakes public strategy firm.

The evening starts with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Cost is $30 per person or $55 per couple.

For more information or to make a reservation please call Michele Smith at 494-1548.

October 22, 2012 - 3:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, Knights of Columbus.

All Catholic students in grades eight through 12 are invited to participate the 2012-13 Knights of Columbus essay contest. The contest is sponsored locally by Our Lady of Batavia Council 11728.

The topic of the 500-750 word essay this year is "The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society." Applications for the contest are available from the various church religious education directors and the Catholic schools in Genesee County.

The essay deadline is Dec. 17.

Judging is based on grammar, contest and creative writing. The winning essays in the local contest will be sent on to be judged at the New York State and National contest. Monetary awards are presented to the winners of local as well as National levels.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with more than 1.8 million members in over 14,000 local councils. In 2011, Knights donated more than 70 million volunteer hours and $154 million to charitable and benevolent causes sponsoring projects to benefit their church, communities, culture of life, families and young people.

For additional information on the contest or joining the K of C contact the Grand Knight of Council 11728, Bernard Hoerbelt at (585) 343-9122.

October 22, 2012 - 3:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

Some girls on Ross Street near Batavia Middle School are reportedly throwing rocks at passing motorists. A women whose car windshield was struck by a rock is at the police station filing a complaint and an officer is going to the scene.

October 22, 2012 - 3:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.

Press release:

King Otra ($3.60), getting a crafty drive from veteran reinsman Tony Morgan, made every pole a winning one, taking his first $9,000 Open Pace of the season on Saturday night (Oct.20) at Batavia Downs Casino

Leaving from the rail King Otra got plenty of respect from the other six rivals strolling to the first quarter in :28.3, as the field lined up in post-position order. A 30-second, second quarter breather gave the 5-year-old altered son of Western Ideal a big advantage on the top end as field reached the half.

Down the backside the “King” began to lengthen his stride pacing a :28.3 third quarter. A :28.1 final stanza sealed the deal with King Otra going on to a 1-3/4th length score over Cole Hard Cash (Dan Noble) and the pocket sitter, Spender Hanover (Jack Flanigen).

King Otra was claimed for $10,000 back on July 14 at Buffalo Raceway by current owner and now trainer Linda Magnusson. Since the claim he has won eight times and is Western New York’s winningest pacer with 13 victories in 2012. He raised his seasonal earnings to $58,413.

Jacqueline Ball, of Batavia, corrected selected all nine winners in the final free handicapping contest of the season at Batavia Downs and takes home the top prize of $500. A total of 268 patrons participated in the handicapping contest.

The Pick-6 carryover pool continues to build and starts out at $1,860 when racing resumes on Tuesday night, the final Tuesday program of the season. Post time is 6:25 p.m.

October 21, 2012 - 5:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia.

A reader told us a deer smashed into the window of the gold store across from The Pok-A-Dot and then went further down Ellicott Street into the plaza where the pizza place is and caused some havoc there, too. City police are responding.

October 21, 2012 - 4:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, indian falls.

A motorcyclist is down, and possibly unconscious on the roadway, at westbound on-ramp 48A of the Thruway. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight, en route to base after the accident in Darien, is in air, on standby.

UPDATE 4:41 p.m.: Mercy Flight is cancelled.

UPDATE 5:08 p.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls are back in service. Didn't hear the status of the cyclist.

October 21, 2012 - 4:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Deal of the Day.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Ficarella's Pizzeria, 21 Liberty St., Batavia, NY: Dine-in, drive-thru or delivery. Featuring fresh, hearth-baked pizza since 1985, plus wings, pasta and more. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10. (Good only at the Batavia location.)

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Palm Island Indoor Water Park, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY: The newest family fun center in Genesee County, featuring a hot tub, monsoon lagoon pool and play area, tipping buckets, water slides, arcade with 15 games and birthday party rooms. We have a pair of gift certificates worth $40 in merchandise or services for $20.

Settler's, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, NY: Fine dining in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Lunch and dinner, steak, prime rib and seafood. Ask about Bohn's catering services and banquet facility. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Salsa & Curry, 13 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: An authentic Mexican restaurant, offering all of your favorite dishes from enchiladas and burritos to tacos and fajitas, as well as daily Indian food specials. We have a $20 gift card for $10.


October 21, 2012 - 3:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, corfu, accidents.

A head-on collision is reported at Route 20 and Warner Road. One person is unconscious. Mercy Flight is on in-air standby. Darien Fire Department, Mercy medics and law enforcement are responding.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called to the scene and it has about a five-minute ETA. Corfu Fire Police are asked to shut down traffic at Route 20 and Route 77. Traffic will also be stopped at Broadway and Harlow roads. Several ambulances are headed to the scene.

UPDATE 3:25 p.m.: Corfu responders are told to use caution when approaching the scene as southbound traffic on Route 77 "is busy and there's no where to pull over." It appears there are only two vehicles involved. Mercy Flight 5 out of Batavia is about to land.

UPDATE 3:28 p.m.: A second Mercy Flight helicopter is called for.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: Mercy Flight 7 out of Buffalo is flying in, with a 12-minute ETA.

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: A third vehicle was also involved in the accident.

UPDATE 3:48 p.m.: The second bird has landed. Two patients will be transported in Mercy rigs and each helicopter will have a patient on board. Buffalo General Hospital is the only destination mentioned so far.

UPDATE 4 p.m.: All patients are going to Erie County Medical Center.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: The roadways will remain closed until the accident investigation is completed.

UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: Route 20 is reopened.




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